Junta names minister of tourism

YANGON, 16 March 2021: Myanmar’s military coup leaders named a retired general, U Maung Maung Ohn, as the new Minister of Hotels and Tourism, but the private sector’s tourism leaders have ignored his appointment.

A reliable source close to travel executives in Yangon said they understood tourism and hospitality business leaders are “not answering calls to attend ministry meetings, and many of those who are not cronies of the military junta have gone into hiding.

Photo credit Wikipedia. U Maung Maung Ohn.

The new Minister of Hotels and Tourism, U Maung Maung Ohn, was the Chief Minister of Rakhine State, Myanmar, from 2014 to 2016, according to Wikipedia that updated his profile on 7 February when he took over at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

He is a Myanmar Army general and former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

The former Minister of Hotels and Tourism, Ohn Maung, who served in Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government, remains under house arrest since the 1 February coup.


  1. sorry but tourism is not military – it is a different peaceful world – another way to kill business for Myanmar – shame – and a suit does not make you a Tourism Minister

  2. Maybe the Military’s deep understanding of tourism is based on the idea that having the names ‘Ohn’ and ‘Maung’ are an essential part of the qualifications of being a tourism minister? The previous Minister, currently under house arrest, was H.E. Ohn Maung. The new minister is former general Maung Maung Ohn. What a frightful con, probably advised by an astrologer, hoping that a few ‘of us stupid foreigners who have trouble with Burmese names’ might just assume it’s the same person. These people learned cunning from Professor Wile E Coyote. What a tragic, tragic, sick, sad mess. Makes you want to puke. Simply revolting.

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